Prayers at the Lighting of the Advent Candle

O God, 

worshipped from of old,

this candle we light

is for faithful Sarah and Abraham.

We continue the journey they began:

their faith brought forth our own,

Give us faith and hope in this season of waiting.


O God,

proclaimed from of old

this candle we light

is for the prophets 

who fortold your Kingdom of peace.

We long for days when wars will cease,

and peace will dawn.

Give us peace and hope in this season of waiting


O God,

heralded in desert places,

this candle we light

is for John the Baptist,

who made straight the way for the coming of your Son.waiting and

We too wait for you:

We too look for you.

Keep us looking and seeking in this season of waiting


O God,

whose birth draws nearwaiting and

this candle we light

is for Mary

whose courage and boldness  brought our Saviour to birth.

We too need courage

to do what you ask of us. 

Give us courage and boldness in this season of waiting.


O God,

born among us today

this candle we light

is for the Christchild

tiny and fragile 

yet embracing all that is.

We come to the place of your birth;

in wonder and in joy

Bless us and fill us with your love, this Christmas.  

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